PgDip/MA Carving

The PgDip/MA Carving course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and have an appetite to develop their carving practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment. For further information on how to apply to either course, and to download the Application form, please go to the Apply section on the Art School front page.

Entry requirements

All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants for PgDip/MA Carving should normally hold a relevant degree level qualification, have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma Arts specialising in Carving, or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional experience.
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of a relevant degree level qualification, with a combination of other qualifications including, though not exclusively, the International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Please check UCAS guidance for the value of various International Qualifications.

3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and professional experience. Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language will be required to provide evidence of achieving the equivalent of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four areas.

Selection criteria for Historic Carving

At interview by viewing your work and your responses to questions we are seeking to determine the extent to which you can:

·           Fulfil the entry requirements;
·           demonstrate a range of developed hand skills and technical abilities related to carving;
·           demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course;
·           instigate relevant research and synthesise information to support your practice;
·           gather relevant research and synthesise information to support your practice;
·           evaluate your own achievements and identify areas for development;
·           plan your own time and set achievable goals;
·           communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing.

We are also looking for your potential in the following areas:

·           Manual dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination;
·           ability to develop a ‘good eye’;
·           appetite and aptitude for learning at Postgraduate level;
·           an interest in the history of carving in architecture and sculpture.



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